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Kansas Takes Air Out of Wind Power Mandate

Kansas Takes Air Out of Wind Power Mandate

The renewable power mandate in Kansas, which helped vault the state to become one of the top six wind power producers in the country, may be about to become a victim of its own success. Gov. Sam Brownback is poised to sign a bill repealing the mandate and making it voluntary instead. Kansas’ mandate requires six major utilities to generate … Read More

Climate Change May Put Power Grid at Risk in the West

Climate Change May Put Power Grid at Risk in the West

The ravages of climate change could severely hurt the ability of utilities in the 11 Western states to generate power unless they “climate proof” their power grid using renewables and energy efficiency, something they are not prepared for, according to a new study. For nearly half of the West’s existing power plants, climate change could reduce … Read More

Canada Sets Goal to Cut Emissions by 2030

Canada Sets Goal to Cut Emissions by 2030

Canada is planning to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels over the next 15 years, following the European Union and the U.S. in setting an emissions reduction target ahead of the Paris international climate negotiations in December. … Read More

NY Fracking Report Underscores Quake, Climate Risks

NY Fracking Report Underscores Quake, Climate Risks

New York is 2,000 pages closer to becoming the first fossil fuels-rich state in the U.S. to ban fracking indefinitely because of the climate-changing methane it could emit and the the earthquakes, air pollution and water contamination it could cause. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in December that fracking, short for the natural gas extraction … Read More

‘Steel on the Water’ Critical for Offshore Wind in U.S.

‘Steel on the Water’ Critical for Offshore Wind in U.S.

Offshore wind power, a source of renewable energy that Europeans have been investing in for decades, has not yet materialized in the U.S. as debates have swirled about the viability of wind farms off the country’s coastlines. That, however, may be about to change. The Block Island Wind Farm is set to break ground in July off the coast of … Read More

Hawaii Sets Goal of 100% Renewables by 2045

Hawaii Sets Goal of 100% Renewables by 2045

Hawaii is on the verge of being the first state in the U.S. to set a goal of generating all of its electricity from renewable energy sources. Under a bill the Hawaii Legislature passed this week, 100 percent of the state’s electricity would be generated with renewables by 2045. If Gov. David Ige approves the measure, it will put the state’s… Read More

MIT: ‘Massive’ Solar Expansion Critical for Climate

MIT: ‘Massive’ Solar Expansion Critical for Climate

A “massive” global expansion of solar power — possibly enough to supply about a third or more of the world’s electricity — may be necessary by 2050 to reduce the impacts of fossil fuels on the climate, according to a report published by MIT this week. Solar’s efficiency and abundance make it the clean energy source best suited to cut greenhouse … Read More

Transportation, Buildings Hold Key to Calif. Climate Goals

Transportation, Buildings Hold Key to Calif. Climate Goals

California has adopted a new climate target that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, partly by expanding the use of wind, solar and other renewables. But the expansion of clean energy in California isn’t meaningful without an emphasis on the energy efficiency of homes and other buildings, electrifying vehicles across much of the … Read More

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